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  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill

    ★★★½

    Good, but could really use some Marilyn Manson.

  • Tragedy Girls

    Tragedy Girls

    ★★★★

    It’s tough for horror-comedies to sustain a sharp wit with cutting commentary on genre and what it represents. Tragedy Girls maintains its edge and incisiveness throughout. Simply, it’s a smart mixture of Clueless and Scream for the social media age, but there’s also depth to the slickness. The grins of the teen psychos at the film’s center have us alternately laughing with them and shocked at what they’re masking.

    Full review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/tragedy-girls/movie-review

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…

  • Session 9

    Session 9

    ★★★★

    "Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.

    It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump…